Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

Ohio's 2017 CTE Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalists

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Five Ohio CTE students were selected by the ODE State Superintendent as semi-finalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program CTE category, and 20 finalists will be honored nationwide this Spring for their achievements and accomplishments in career-tech education. 

Carlos Boyd
Butler Tech - Northwest High School

Program: Financial Services Honors
Instructor: Peter Clark

Carlos is a senior in Butler Tech’s Financial Services Honors program, a College Credit Plus course that allows him to earn credits at the University of Cincinnati. Academically, Carlos has maintained a near-perfect GPA and top-10 class rank at Northwest High School while challenging himself with Honors, AP, and CCP classes throughout his high school career.

Carlos is actively involved in Business Professionals of America and currently serves as President of his local chapter and President of Ohio. He has served as a BPA Intern at both state and national leadership conferences, was a state qualifier in the Fundamental Spreadsheets competition, and earned his Ambassador Torch Award in Boston last spring to recognize his involvement in the school and community.

In addition, Carlos is the Branch Manager of his school’s credit union, the Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team, a Section Leader in Marching Band, and a member of Student Senate, National Honor Society, and the Superinte
ndent’s Student Advisory Team. Outside of school, Carlos co-ops as a teller at Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union.

Dylan Young

Great Oaks - Batavia High School

Program: Legal Office Management

Instructor: Angie Kovacs

Dylan is a senior in Great Oaks legal management program.  He has demonstrated that he leads by example, accepts his responsibilities with maturity, and is in charge of his future.


As a member of his Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter, his peers elected Dylan him as their chapter president. He has attended fall, state and national leadership conferences. He was on the 2016 state champion Global Marketing Team and qualified for national competition. Dylan’s effective leadership skills have helped his chapter raise over $50,000.00 for Special Olympics and other charities. He has continually encouraged his peers to participate in the BPA Cares program, resulting in his chapter earning several national community service awards. In addition, his chapter received the Ohio Professional Cup in 2015 and 2016 as direct result of his leadership, dedication and initiative.  In addition, Dylan has completed the hours required for both his Ambassador Torch Award and the bronze level U.S. Presidential Service Award. 


Dylan excels academically in AP and honors level courses and at the top of his class with a 4.01 GPA. He is a student representative to the Batavia Local Schools Board of Education and is the captain of the varsity cross country and track teams. His successfully balances his academic career, extra-curricular activities, and an internship with Judge Victor Haddad of the Clermont County Court of Common Pleas.


Esmeralda Carachure

Eastland Career Center

Program: Medical Office Technologies

Instructor: Laura Kocher

As a senior in the Medical Office Technology program at Eastland Career Center, Esmeralda will earn credits at Hocking College, Columbus State Community College, and COTC.  She has maintained excellent GPA and top-10 class rank at Whitehall Yearling High School and continues to challenge herself by taking CCP classes and working at a local retailer after school and on weekends. 

She has been actively involved in various school-sponsored community service projects and local service projects, including; Latino and Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research (LASER) and working with the deaf community through Signs of Christmas.  Because of her exceptional work ethic and responsibility she has served as a member of Central Ohio Leadership Academy, Student Body President, Honor Society, and Student Advisory Council at her home high school. 

Esmeralda is striving to become the first female in her family to graduate from high school and attend college.  Because of her fascination with the structure of our eyes, her goal is to attend The Ohio State University College of Optometry.  

Helena Faulder

Ohio Hi-Point

Program: Media Arts and Business

Instructor: Michelle Weadock

From being an advanced academic to an extremely active and influential Business Professionals of America member, Helena uses her creativity and talents to make a difference at Riverside High School in DeGraff, Ohio.
She will complete not one, but two career technical programs – Business and Administrative Services & Media Arts – through the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center satellite programs.
She is a multi-sport athlete excelling at volleyball, softball and cheer. She has earned membership in the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. Garnering the respect of her classmates, Helena was also named the 2016 Homecoming Queen.
Helena has been a leader in BPA since her first day of membership. She quickly identified the areas in which she could learn and grow. She recruited and inspired members. She found success for herself, her chapter and others. As a sophomore, she was the national runner-up in the keyboarding production contest. Her junior year she served as a State Intern and helped run the State Leadership Conference. She serves as President on the local executive team and also serves as an executive officer of Region 16.

Madison Wright

Miami Valley CTC

Program: Biotechnology

Instructor: Erin Molden

Madison is a very active and driven young lady, she has been a member of the Twin Valley South Volleyball, Cross Country, and Track teams while in high school.  Her dedication qualified her as All-Conference in volleyball, cross country, and track; All-County in cross country and track; and qualified for State in cross country and track.

Madison is also very dedicated to her school work.  She is a Rotary Honor Scholar, National Honor Society member, Academic All-Ohio for cross country and track, and has made Honor Roll. She is also involved with HOSA at MVCTC and qualified for the Ohio HOSA State Competition in 2016. In her spare time, Madison volunteers at Dayton Children’s Hospital and at Jacob’s ladder.

While attending MVCTC, Madison has earned college credits from Wright State University for Writing and Great Books; Clark State Community College in Pre-Calculus and Calculus; and from Sinclair College in Biology and Anatomy and Physiology.

After completing the MVCTC Biotechnology program, Madison will be attending college at Saint Francis University in the fall majoring in Biology.  She plans to attend medical school with the ultimate goal of becoming a Pathologist.

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